Workshop Program: Meeting The Challenge Of Skilled Worker Shortages In Land Surveying And Civil Engineering


Morning Session

This is a three and a half (3.5) hour workshop that teaches land surveyors and civil engineers how to successfully meet the challenge of skilled worker shortages in their professions. During the workshop Landon defines what a skilled worker is, discusses ways to measure skill, explains the skilled worker lifecycle and outlines common mistakes land surveyors and civil engineers make when managing human talent. He also explains the 3 main prongs of human talent management, provides strategies for dealing with an immediated skilled worker shortage, and offers advice on how to deal with millenials in your workforce.

Afternoon Session

This workshop is typically taught along with the workshop entitled “Ethics and Standard of Care” in the afternoon session.



What You Will Learn

  1. How we commonly measure worker skill and the problem with the degree fallacy.

  2. Why skilled workers are critical to land surveying and civil engineering, especially when compared to other businesses.

  3. The three phases of the skilled worker lifecycle.

  4. Common problems with incentive compensation packages.

  5. How to calculate a fair and competitive (direct labor) hourly rate for your employees.


Teacher Bio

Landon has practiced as a licensed land surveyor in Central California and Western Nevada for 15 years. He is a Certified Federal Surveyor and an active member of the California Land Surveyor’s Association and the American Council of Engineering Companies (California Branch).

He managed land surveying teams for three (3) different private surveying and civil engineering companies in Central California. In these roles he has managed team member professional development, determined the details of compensation packages, and has been in charge of team member hiring and retention. While working as the Mapping Department Manager at O’Dell Engineering, Landon developed and implemented a strategy for dealing with a shortage of skilled workers in the organization.

Landon is a devoted student of economics, business management, and business strategy. He makes great efforts to apply better business practices to his own surveying and to help other surveyors and civil engineers do the same. Landon has had successes and failures in the management of human talent. His successes include revamping the interview process, improving transparency in team member compensation packages, managing skilled worker shortages, and in defining effective job descriptions. His failures include loosing several skilled workers and key members of his team to other organizations. He has sat at the company conference room table as a skilled worker, manager of skilled workers, potential hire, and hiring manager.


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Workshop Outline

  1. What Is A Skilled Worker?
  2. Why Is There A Skilled Worker Shortage?
  3. Why You Should Care
  4. Understanding The Skilled Worker Lifecycle
  5. Common Traps and Pitfalls (We Have Met The Enemy…And The Enemy Is Us)
  6. The Three Prongs Of Human Talent Management
  7. Strategies For Attraction
  8. Strategies For Retention
  9. Strategies For Development
  10. Strategies For Dealing With An Immediate Shortage
  11. Showing Love and Patience For Millenials
  12. The Differences Between Human Talent Management In Government And The Private Sector

Workshop Questions

The workshop will answer these questions:

  1. How do we define skilled workers?
  2. How do we measure skill level?
  3. What are complimentary skills, and why are they important?
  4. Why do we face a shortage of skilled workers?
  5. What are the three basic phases of the skilled worker lifecycle?
  6. What are common traps related to attracting and retaining skilled workers?
  7. What are the three prongs of human talent management?
  8. What practical steps can you take to attract, retain, and develop skilled workers?
  9. What are a few strategies for dealing with an immediate skilled worker shortage in your organization?
  10. How are government organizations different from private organizations when it comes to human talent management?
  11. What is wrong with your current compensation packages?

Workshop Exercises

The workshop will include the following exercises:

  1. Assessing worker skill level.
  2. Breaking down organization silos to deal with a skilled worker shortage.
  3. Calculating a fair incentive compensation package.
  4. Implementing a transparent bonus program.

Price for the Morning Session

The morning session of this workshop is free. However, audience members attending the morning session are asked to make a donation to the Terry Hayden Memorial Scholarship. The minimum suggested donation amount is $49. Please register for the workshop first, and then make your donation on the Terry Hayden Memorial Scholarship using our form. You must register online to attend the morning session. This allows us to e-mail you information for the workshop and to ensure we have enough bandwidth for everyone to stream the program.

Price for the Afternoon Session

The cost to attend the afternoon session of the workshop is $149. This price includes an attendance certificate. It also gives you the option to have us help track your professional development hours. Register for the workshop using our simple form, and you will be e-mailed a link to pay for the workshop fee. If you would like to be mailed an invoice instead of paying the workshop fee online with a credit card, send Landon an e-mail. We can prepare and mail you an invoice. (The invoice must be paid 1 week before the date of the workshop.)

Professional Development Hours

You should be able to count 3 hours of professional development for the morning session of the workshop and 3 hours for the afternoon session of the workshop. This is a total of 6 hours for both sessions. (Please check with your licensing board or certifying authority on the eligibility of this workshop for your specific continuing education requirements.) If you attend both sessions and pay for the afternoon session, we will send you an attendance certificate for both the morning and afternoon session.

Date, Time and Location

This workshop isn’t currently scheduled.

Take This Training As An Online Course

This training is offered as an online course for individuals and groups. Certification of course completion is available. If you would like to take this training as an online course, or would like us to offer an online course to your team, please reach out to Landon Blake by e-mail.

Customize This Training For Your Organization

Redefined Horizons can customize this training to meet the specific needs of your organization. We can add or remove topics, craft examples from your practice, and design systems to measure team member learning. If you are interested in customizing this training for your organization, please reach out to Landon Blake by e-mail.

About the Terry Hayden Memorial Scholarship

The morning session of this workshop supports the Terry Hayden Memorial Scholarship.

Terry Hayden was a very important part of the land surveying community in Central California. He founded his company, Aerial Photomapping Services, in 1987. He was a member of the American Society For photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, California Land Surveyors Association, American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, ACEC California, and the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors. Terry also held a Registered Photogrammetrist License with the State of Oregon.

Under Terry’s guidance APS developed a reputation as a high-quality photogrammetry and remote sensing service provider. He was a key business partner of land surveying and civil engineering firms throughout the California Central Valley. The quality of Terry’s photogrammetric work was second-to-none, and he was a good friend to many of his clients.

Terry was also involved in commercial art, graphic arts, and fine art photography. His black-and-white photography is in private and public art collections around the United States. He taught photography at the Wadsworth Athenuem in Hartford, Connecticut and at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford.

Host This Workshop

Would you like to host this workshop at your organization or in your community? Redefined Horizons teaches workshops across the Western United States. If you are interested in hosting this talk, please contact Landon Blake by e-mail.

We can offer the course at a discount for members of your organization or support a local scholarship of your choice if you host the workshop.

Related Workshops

Landon teaches several other workshops on business for land surveyors and civil engineers. These workshops include:

Learn about these and other workshops on the Redefined Horizons Talks and Workshops web page.

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